The Carlsbad Triathlon Needs Voluteers

by The Editors on May 27, 2014

Triathlon Volunteers
Personally, we don’t know why someone would want to ruin a perfectly good bike ride by preceding it by swimming or following it with a run (Rule # 42), but there are those who do and on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 -13, 2014 there will be an ocean load of them here right here for the annual Carlsbad Triathlon. The City of Carlsbad needs help making sure all these people are headed in the right direction. They need volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities for the Lifestyle and Fitness Festival, taking place Saturday, July 12, include checking in athletes and handing out goodie bags. Body marking, assisting with timing at the finish line and passing out refreshments at the hospitality booth are among race day volunteer opportunities on Sunday, July 13. . . “Even if you may not want to swim, bike or run in the Carlsbad Triathlon, you can still play a key role in the exciting race weekend as a volunteer,” said Sue Irey, volunteer coordinator for the City of Carlsbad.

If you’d like to spend the day hanging out with extremely fit, barely clothed people this could be your lucky day. Follow the jump for more info. [click to continue…]

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Cody Lovaas Plays Concert For CEF

by The Editors on May 27, 2014

CodyOn Saturday, June 21, 2014 Carlsbad’s own Cody Lovaas will help kick off summer with a family friendly concert at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Proceeds from the event will help support the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

Local 15 year-old Carlsbad singer song-writer Cody Lovaas will headline the event with Valley Middle School band, Caution, as the concert openers. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., concert at 5:00 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from local Carlsbad restaurants. General admission tickets are only $25 ($30 after June 10th) or enjoy the event as a VIP guest for $50 (pre-sale only until June 10th) with front row seats, a special gift bag and a meet and greet with Cody!

To purchase tickets (and help support music in Carlsbad schools), or for more information click here for the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

[Link: Carlsbad Education Foundation]

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Encinitas Cartoonist Donates Art For Bocce

by The Editors on May 27, 2014

Bocce ArtEach year the Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championships raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. And each year they get a local artist to create an original piece for the competition. This year, Encinitas cartoonist Jim Whiting has created the art work.

Jim Whiting began his career as a magazine cartoonist, creating chuckles for such well respected national publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and Look magazine. After a short stint at a successful NYC advertising agency, Jim began to sell his original cartoons to the aforementioned clients and over 75 additional publications. Mr. Whiting has created countless illustrations for books, magazines, and presentations. He currently lives in Encinitas with his wife, Bernita, and Bella, their dog.

For more information on the event, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Splash Into Summer At Alga Norte

by The Editors on May 23, 2014

Alga Norte Aquatic Center
On Saturday, June 7, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will be introducing all their summer activities at the Alga Norte park Aquatic Center from 4 to 7 PM with Splash Into Summer.

This family-friendly event is designed for kids and adults to preview all the aquatic center has to offer this summer, including classes, camps, movies and other fun events. Swim in the warm water pool, play on the giant inflatables and water balls, and enjoy the splash pad. Learn about masters swim, water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, individual and family passes, and aquatic sports and junior lifeguarding camps. Entrance fee is $8 per person and refreshments are available for purchase. One child, age 3 and under may be admitted free with a paying adult.

If you haven’t yet visited the Alga Norte Aquatic Center, you really should. It’s just like going on vacation to a fancy resort, however, this one only costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. For the official word from the City Parks and Rec department, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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The Wild Wild West Fest At Leo Carillo

by The Editors on May 20, 2014

Wild West Fest

On June 1, 2014 Carlsbad’s Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park transforms into the Wild West Fest “a rustic adventure of western themed crafts, salsa contest, root beer tastings, pony rides and mechanical bull riding for kids.”

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will take place at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, located at 6200 Flying L.C. Lane. The park was once a working rancho owned by actor, philanthropist, poet and preservationist Leo Carrillo and is a designated California Historical Landmark. . . Admission to Wild West Fest is free, and activity cards can be purchased for $6 for things like pony and mechanical bull rides, souvenir photos with authentically dressed cowboys and cowgirls, and western themed crafts. . . Among the event highlights is the salsa contest, which is judged by Chili’s, and features prizes for salsa taste as well as table presentation in the following categories: best overall, people’s choice, best presentation, funniest presentation, best fruit salsa, hottest salsa and originality.

Yee haw! Sounds like a great way to spend the day with your little buckeroos. For the official word from the City of Carlsbad, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Ride Your Bike To Work Day May 30

by The Editors on May 20, 2014

Biketowork 2014
While we’re of that opinion that every day should be bike-to-work day, we realize that others need to start somewhere. What better way to try it out than on Friday, May 30, 2014 when the City of Carlsbad will be handing out goodies to everyone who rides to work. It’s all part of the National Annual Bike To Work Day organized by SANDAG to promote bicycles is a great way to commute. It’s also a great way to check out all the new, wider, hopefully safer bike lanes that are currently going in a long the coast.

“The City of Carlsbad encourages those who live and work in and around the city to join neighbors, friends and coworkers in celebrating Bike to Work Day with us,” said Rachael Shay, special events supervisor for the city. “The many miles of bike-friendly transportation systems in our community make it easy to take in Carlsbad from a different perspective.”

A pit stop located at the seawall at at Frazee Beach at Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue will supply commuters with snacks beverages, and other giveaways. For the official word from the City, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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An Open Letter from CUSD Superintendent

by The Editors on May 19, 2014

LovelyThose who have children, siblings, or are themselves students in the Carlsbad Unified School District know that when the Poinsettia Fire broke out on the morning of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the school district immediately began communicating with the community at large. It was great to see how quickly and efficiently the district could make sure the kids were safe and communicate that information with anxious parents and family members.

Now, CUSD Superintendent Dr. Suzette Lovely (right) recounts the details of May 14, 2014 in an open letter to the community giving us all a better idea of exactly how decisions were made as the day progressed.

Here it is:

Wednesday, May 14th began as a normal, albeit hot, day in CUSD. Then at 10:43 a.m. everything changed!

As we now know, the fire broke out near Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road just east of El Camino Real. As Poinsettia Principal, Margie Giordani, watched the flames grow south of her campus, she called the District Office. Principal Giordani reported that School Resource Officer, Malcom Warfield had just arrived on scene and they would be sheltering in place. We immediately activated our EOC (Emergency Operations Center).

Ms. O’Connell and I tried to reach Poinsettia School to assist the principal. As we drove south on El Camino Real it was mayhem. Cars were stopped in the middle of the street, people were standing in the median taking pictures, and fire trucks were screaming by. We watched in horror as a huge plume of black smoke followed by a wall of flames arched over El Camino Real just north of Cassia Rd. When we finally arrived at Poinsettia Lane we were turned back by police. At this point the fire had not yet jumped El Camino Real – but within seconds it would.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. Ms. Giordani and Officer Warfield informed the EOC that due to the fire’s proximity to the school (and lack of foreseeable containment) they should begin evacuating students. Simultaneous to this – and unbeknownst to anyone at the EOC – burning embers had blown across El Camino Real. Dry brush in the canyons east and north of Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle School had caught fire. Homes and businesses in the surrounding area were directly in the fire’s widening path.

For the jump for the rest of the letter. [click to continue…]

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The Miss Firecracker Contest At NVA

by The Editors on May 19, 2014

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Carlsbadistan’s New Village Arts Theatre concludes lucky Season 13 with the hilarious Southern comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest. This play about small towns and beauty pageants is the comedic account of one woman’s attempt to save her tarnished reputation by becoming Miss Firecracker.

Full of the unusual characters that Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart) is known for, The Miss Firecracker Contest bursts with humor, absurdity and heart. Featuring 2012 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award Winner (Outstanding Featured Performance) Samantha Ginn in the title role and directed by San Diego favorite Daren Scott.

For all the details, including show times and ticket prices, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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62nd Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic

by The Editors on May 19, 2014

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Pictured (L to R): Winning Foursome members Steve Farnsworth, Scott Buoy, Club CEO Brad Holland, Aleco Prevalos, and Rob Gough.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad scored big at their 62nd Annual Golf Tournament held April 24, 2014 at the Aviara Golf Club.

“The success of this tournament is a result of astounding contributions from so many individuals and companies throughout North County,” said Randy Ferren of California Bank & Trust, Steering Committee Chair. “While the day presented so many winners, we are pleased that the kids are the ultimate winners – and benefit from this generosity.”

For the official word from the Boys & Girls Club, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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The Morning After The Poinsettia Fire

by The Editors on May 15, 2014

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Sunrise at Ponto Beach.

With the sun rising behind the smokey skies of Carlsbad and many roads still closed, we rolled out for a quick tour of the area most affected by the May 14, 2014 Poinsettia Fire. As we moved east on Poinsettia from Aviara we were amazed by two things. One, it could have been so much worse, and two, what a great job firefighters did containing the fire and protecting and saving hundreds of homes. (Click here for a map of Fire zone).

The fire, which reportedly started near Alga Norte Park, jumped from open space to open space seemingly right over neighborhoods driven west by high winds. First, on the Northeast side of Poinsettia and El Camino Real, then across El Camino Real down to Cassia and again over Poinsettia to the open space just west of Aviara Park to the Southwest of Palomar Airport Road and Camino Vida Robles to Paseo Del Lago where the only commercial building burned.

That Carlsbad only lost eight homes, one condo complex, and one commercial building is a testament to the skills of the crews fighting the fire. In location after location that we visited we saw where the fire had come right up to the side and backyards of dozens of homes, condos, and apartments, yet they were all untouched by the flames. Sure, the cars and the ground were covered in ash, but the fires were stopped short of damaging more buildings. And for that, we are grateful.

We just hope the fire fighters can do the same for our neighbors in San Marcos. Their Cocos Fire seems to be growing as the day goes on.

For more images from the Poinsettia Fire burn zone follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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